Book details

Publication date: February 2015
Features: 14 B&W illustrations, notes, bibliography, appendices, index
Keywords: Sex Work;Racism;Women's Studies;Media Studies
Subject(s): POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development, Sex Work / Racism / Women's Studies / Media Studies, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban, Globalization, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies, Sex Work;Racism;Women's Studies;Media Studies, Political Science, Urban Studies, Gender Studies, Women's Studies
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Shawna Ferris. Shawna Ferris is Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. She teaches and researches in the areas of sex work/prostitution studies, critical race studies, and violence against women, with an emphasis on representation and resistance.

Amy Lebovitch.

"'Why did the murder of 14 white, educated women at École Polytechnique in 1989 inspire parliamentary outrage and a legislative response from the Department of Justice, while the 'disappearance' of 65 poor, mainly Aboriginal women in Vancouver was treated as a police matter?.. Canada tolerates no capital punishment but has been oddly indifferent to the death penalty meted out to 'missing' women, Ferris writes... Street Sex Work shocks. It is also insightful and dark and worthwhile for any reader who is not afraid to dive in the deep end." [Full review at]

Holly Doan, Blacklock's Reporter

Ferris presents compelling evidence of how the representations of and responses to sex-work in Canadian cities reflect a necropolitical global-capitalist agenda that contradicts the liberal democratic ideals that the Canadian nation-state purports to uphold. Likewise, she offers a nuanced and complex analysis of how the experiences of Canadian urban street sex-workers and the representations of them by others must be understood from the intersections of class, gender, and race.

Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Left History

Manitoba Book Awards / Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book, Canada
Scholarly and Academic Book Award, Alberta Book Awards, Book Publishers Association of Alberta, Canada
Outstanding Scholarship Prize, Women's and Gender Studies et Recherches Feminists Association (WGSRF), Canada
Foreword by Amy Lebovitch

1 | City/Whore Synecdoche and the Case of Vancouver’s Missing Women
2 | Anti-Prostitution Reporting, Policing, and Activism in Canada’s Global Cities
3 | Technologies of Resistance: Sex Worker Activism Online
4 | Agency and Aboriginality in Street-Involved or Survival Sex Work in Canada

Works Cited
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